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Syria - In Photos: 53 Killed In Damascus Car Bomb

Published on: February 21, 2013 10:16 AM
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 A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows a thick black pall of smoke filling  the air close to the site of a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a 'terrorist explosion' which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city.  EPA/SANA A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows a thick black pall of smoke filling the air close to the site of a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a 'terrorist explosion' which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city.  EPA/SANA

Damascus, Syria - Syrian state TV says 53 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in a car bomb attack near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party in central Damascus.

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The bomb was one of at least three attacks in the heart of the city on Thursday. A second blast shook another neighborhood and mortar rounds exploded near the Syrian Army General Command.

The Britain-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 had been killed in the car bombing, most of them civilians.

The difference in the death tolls could not be immediately reconciled.

 A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows two school satchels amongst the debris close to the site of a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a 'terrorist explosion' which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city. (Credit: EPA) A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows two school satchels amongst the debris close to the site of a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a ‘terrorist explosion’ which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city. (Credit: EPA)
A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows a scene of destruction following a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a 'terrorist explosion' which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city. (Credit: EPA)A handout photo made available by official Syrian agency SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency) shows a scene of destruction following a large explosion in the Syrian capital Damascus 21 February 2013.  State media reported a ‘terrorist explosion’ which has claimed casualties. The blast occured in the Mazraa district of the city. (Credit: EPA)
A black pall of smoke rises skywards in the background following a large explosion in central Damascus, Syria 21 February 2013.  Reports suggest that the explosion occured near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and Russian Embassy. (Credit: EPA)A black pall of smoke rises skywards in the background following a large explosion in central Damascus, Syria 21 February 2013.  Reports suggest that the explosion occured near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and Russian Embassy. (Credit: EPA)
In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, injured Syrians sit on the ground while flames and smoke rise from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, injured Syrians sit on the ground while flames and smoke rise from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames and smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames and smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows first responders working after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows first responders working after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a Syrian fire fighter extinguishing burning cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: AP)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a Syrian fire fighter extinguishing burning cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: AP)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian fire fighters extinguishing burning cars after huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian fire fighters extinguishing burning cars after huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames and smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames and smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian security agents carrying a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian security agents carrying a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows an injured Syrian man lying on the ground after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows an injured Syrian man lying on the ground after a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM rebbeofalltherebbes Says:

on the one hand, its hard to imagine that anyone who died had a great love for Jews.

On the other hand, Assad is the devil we know, and things have been remarkably stable and secure for almost 40 years, Now there are many jihadis there, who knows?

Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet, who was martyred and caused the Shia-Sunni rift, has a great place in Gan Eden, Without him, we would be in deep trouble.

Freilichen Tumid

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM Longwave Says:

What comment are we supposed to make? That these are also Hashem's creatures? Or that, given the chance. they would do this to us first?
There are those that say that this is a rare opportunity to get rid of as many arabs as possible in one shot. Is Israel doing right by opening up a field hospital near the border to help the wounded?

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM Anonymous Says:

israel and the US should help Assad stay in power by bombing as many people as possible because having another al-Qaeda base is not good

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM sane Says:

Reply to #1  
rebbeofalltherebbes Says:

on the one hand, its hard to imagine that anyone who died had a great love for Jews.

On the other hand, Assad is the devil we know, and things have been remarkably stable and secure for almost 40 years, Now there are many jihadis there, who knows?

Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet, who was martyred and caused the Shia-Sunni rift, has a great place in Gan Eden, Without him, we would be in deep trouble.

Freilichen Tumid

Really? Who controlled Lebanon since 1976 and permitted the PLO to build an army there to attack Israel. Who supported Hezbollah? Just because there is no hot war between Israel and Syria does not translate into stability. What can be said is that Syrians are not willing to get killed fighting Israel - which is the only positive aspect of the secular Assad regime. As the adage goes "Syria will fight Israel to the last Lebanese."

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 01:27 PM cool masmid Says:

I say; nice job whomever did it. Keep up the good work...

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 01:46 PM Anon Says:

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Longwave Says:

What comment are we supposed to make? That these are also Hashem's creatures? Or that, given the chance. they would do this to us first?
There are those that say that this is a rare opportunity to get rid of as many arabs as possible in one shot. Is Israel doing right by opening up a field hospital near the border to help the wounded?

Yes, that's exactly what you're supposed to say. If you actually believe that each and every Arab or Muslim (they are not the same thing) in the world hates Jews and wants to see us dead, you are very wrong. While there will always be people who hate us, I have had the privilege of meeting many Arabs, Muslims and Christians, including from Lebanon and Syria, who are very wonderful people and who have absolutely nothing against us. Many of them do not support the Israeli government, a position many posters on this board also have for different reasons, but do not believe that terrorism, hatred and war are acceptable. It is as bad for us to de-humanize and generalize about others as it is for them to do so about us.

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 06:37 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #2  
Longwave Says:

What comment are we supposed to make? That these are also Hashem's creatures? Or that, given the chance. they would do this to us first?
There are those that say that this is a rare opportunity to get rid of as many arabs as possible in one shot. Is Israel doing right by opening up a field hospital near the border to help the wounded?

Yes, this is the rare opportunity to get rid of a good number of arabs and for them to inflict enough damage on each other so as to render the victor too weak to be a serious opponent to us in the foreseeable future. No, not in one shot, because with the primitive means with which they wage war on each other, it will take protracted warfare to inflict enough damage. So, let the fight continue, and let's stay out of it the best we can.

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 07:14 PM yaakov doe Says:

Why do Moslems seem to delight in killing other Moslems? Theyu keep calling it a "religion of peace", but i keep reading of violent acts by Moslems.

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 08:50 PM TexasJew Says:

The more the merrier.

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 Feb 21, 2013 at 09:04 PM 100 vs 100,000 Says:

I feel bad for all the dead. Although I would mix out of Syria's personal fights.

It's funny that when Israel killed 100 Muslims during a war a few months ago - there was more media coverage than all the 100,000 muslims who were killed in Syria.
Why when a Jew commints an alleged crime they are commonly "overcovered"?

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